Phi Kappa Phi History
The Florida Atlantic University Chapter was installed as the 128th chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on the 29th of May in 1971. The purpose of the chapter is to recognize, promote and reward scholastic excellence in all fields of academic endeavor.
The driving force in creating our chapter was Dr. Barry J. Hersker, Professor of Marketing, although Dr. Hersker always gave most of the credit to a student named Edward Krause who kept urging him to start a chapter at FAU. Signing the original charter were Professors: Barry J. Hersker, Carl W. Knox James P. Latham, James B. Montgomery, John M. Scheidell, Robert Schwarz, Voncile M. Smith, Howard, N. Little, Kenneth R. Williams (FAU President) , and Edward W. Krause (student).
The chapter recognizes academic excellence through our initiations. The first initiation ceremony inducted some 25 students from a student body of about 4,000.
The chapter promotes academic excellence through our occasional speaker program and other special programs. As the only campus-wide honor society recognizing and promoting achievement in all academic disciplines, the Provost’s office, under the guidance of Dr. Jack Guistwhite, Director of Academic Affairs, adopted the chapter in 1980 and provided some administrative and financial support for programs.
To reward academic excellence, the chapter provides scholarships. Since 1989, the chapter has offered up to $10,000 in scholarships each year to outstanding students regardless of academic discipline.
In 2005, under the direction of three past chapter presidents, Drs. William Stronge, Ronald R. Shultz and Eric H. Shaw, a $10,000 endowment fund to support chapter scholarships was created.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Presidents of the Florida Atlantic University Chapter
|1971||Barry J. Hersker||1972||Barry J. Hersker||1973||Barry J. Hersker|
|1974||Gary A. Luing||1975||Gary A. Luing||1976||Jammes B. Montgomery|
|1977||James B. Montgomery||1978||Walter R. Courtenay, Jr.||1979||Walter R. Courtenay, Jr.|
|1980||Carl W. Knox||1981||Douglas S. Gaitlin||1982||Douglas S. Gaitlin|
|1983||Roy B. Levow||1984||Marilyn (Floyd) Federico||1985||Marilyn (Floyd) Federico|
|1986||Sam Clark||1987||Sam Clark||1988||Eric H. Shaw|
|1989||Eric H. Shaw||1990||Karl Ijams||1991||Karl Ijams|
|1992||Allen E. Smith||1993||Allen E. Smith||1994||Carla Coleman|
|1995||Linda Wiler||1996||Linda Wiler||1997||Karl K. Stevens|
|1998||Karl K. Stevens||1999||Ronald R. Schultz||2000||Ronald R. Shultz|
|2001||Barbara A. Ganson||2002||Barbara A. Ganson||2003||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín|
|2004||William Stronge||2005||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2006||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín|
|2007||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2008||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2009||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín|
|2010||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2011||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2012||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín|
|2013||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2014||Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín||2015||Mohammad Ilyas|
|2016||Mohammad Ilyas||2017||Nancy Poulson||2018|